Dec 23, 2015
Last week President Obama signed into law a massive $1.1 trillion bill to fund the government. Nestled deep in the bill was a small provision that makes a world of difference to families who are persecuted due to their religious beliefs.
Oct 08, 2015
Every day, my phone rings. Some of the callers are in New York. Others are in Kiev. The calls come from all over. But when they call, I answer.
Nov 12, 2014
Perhaps the most important value my family instilled in me as I was growing up is that “we were the lucky ones.” We were lucky to leave Iran just weeks before the fall of the Shah in 1979. We were lucky we had family in Israel.
Mar 17, 2014
Both the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform legislation and its sister bill in the House contain important provisions regarding refugees and asylum seekers. But odds are you haven’t heard about these provisions.
Jan 14, 2014
Last night, appropriators introduced a $1.1 trillion government spending bill (H.R. 3547) which is expected to move through the House and Senate later this week. The bill includes a one-year extension of the Lautenberg Amendment, which previously expired on September 30th.
Jun 03, 2013
For more than two decades, Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, who died this morning at age 89, championed legislation that created a safe escape route to freedom for persecuted religious minorities from many corners of the globe. Today, HIAS joins the people of New Jersey and America in mourning his loss.
May 08, 2013
“More than twenty years ago, I created this program to allow religious minorities to escape persecution and live safely in the United States.” That is what Senator Lautenberg said about the Lautenberg Amendment after an extension and expansion of the program was included in the Senate’s immigration reform bill.